An Bord Pleanála has given permission for ‘fast-track’ plans to construct 564 Build to Rent apartments on a former Aldi site at Carmanhall Road, Sandyford Business District. The Build to Rent apartments will be in six blocks which range between five and 17 storeys at the site in Sandyford, South Dublin.
The approval supersedes planning permission granted two years ago for 460 apartments. Other than scale, the difference now is that the project will be for the Build to Rent sector and the first in the Sandyford area. Although objectors had concerns over the apartments being for Build to Rent, the appeals board senior planning inspector was satisfied that the project will contribute to the housing demand in the area – and providing more choice to the community.
Other objections included the height and scale of the project and that it would conflict with the proposal to have a landmark building of notable design on the adjoining site. But the applicants – Henry J Lyons Architects – told the appeals board the 17-storey building matches the height of the Sentinel building, which will create a twin building structure at each end of the pedestrian thoroughfare.
The approved project will have ground floor amenities, to include a gym, movie room, creche, café and games room. It’s designed to create new destinations and fulfil the emerging needs of the community. The Build to Rent apartments are designed to bring the outside in, with wall to ceiling windows.
The landscaped open spaces and pedestrian links will go through the site, allowing for safe pedestrian routes to the Stillorgan Luas stop at Blackthorn Drive, and the future Urban Park at the junction of Carmanhall Road and Corrig Road.
Image credit: Henry J Lyons